I wrote this article for the Urban News back in December.
In November 2016, it is time for us to reassess who we are. What do we believe in? Since Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss earlier this month, I have heard a lot of … well, crazy talk. “Let us move to Canada.” “Let us impeach the president elect.” “Let us move to California and secede from the union.” And there have been hundreds of others.
Does this sound very similar to the garbage that conservatives were spewing when Barack Obama won in 2008? We laughed at that rhetoric then and we called it crazy talk. We scolded conservatives and asked them if they truly love this country. Now, we need to look in the mirror and decide if we truly love the United States of America. Our talk about resistance and overthrow is, for the most part, wrong. It is treasonous.
So, as a progressive, what do you believe in? Now, I cannot speak for everyone, but I can tell you that I believe in a society in which the individual is given an opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential, no matter what side of the tracks they grow up on.
This means that I believe in public education. Not vouchers. Not charter schools. I want our public schools to be the best in the world.
We need to teach our children how to think critically. This doesn’t mean teaching our kids who to pass a winner-take-all test. Continue reading What is a Progressive?
The New York Times just published an article on the millions of Americans who are not covered with the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). I’m sorry, but this is the dumbest article that I have read on ObamaCare thus far. It is like saying that your new car can’t fly. You didn’t buy an airplane. You bought a car. ObamaCare was not supposed to fix all of America’s Healthcare problems. It was never designed to cover everyone.
“How can somebody in poverty not be eligible for subsidies?” an unemployed health care worker in Virginia asked through tears. The woman, who identified herself only as Robin L. because she does not want potential employers to know she is down on her luck, thought she had run into a computer problem when she went online Tuesday and learned she would not qualify.
This is one of the heart wrenching sections of the article. Progressives wanted the Affordable Care Act to cover everyone. We thought that would be the floor of the debate. We were hoping that at the very least we would develop a health care system that would cover everyone. Unfortunately, conservatives in Congress and some conservative Democrats thought that this price tag was just too high. We couldn’t afford it. So covering everyone, a basic idea, was scrapped. The fact that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t cover everyone should be no surprise. We fought over this subject. We, the progressive community, and the American poor, lost this fight. It was a very public loss. No progressive was happy with it.
I’ll try and post more later. I think that cost of personal suffering and the cost to hospitals, doctors and society is too high not to cover everyone. I’ll try and get some data for you on that later.
I know that many progressives are disappointed in President Obama for nominating Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State. Kerry is fine. There is nothing wrong with John Kerry. He is a solid progressive. There were better choices, but probably no one who has done more for Obama. It was Kerry who picked Obama for the 2004 convention floor speech.
One of the great theories that has been floating around Washington is that the GOP decided to attack Susan Rice when she was thought to be the leading candidate for Secretary of State. They attacked Ambassador Rice so that Obama would then nominate John Kerry. They reason that they wanted Kerry was so that Scott Brown could run in the special election for Kerry’s seat. Scott Brown, as you’ll recall, ran for Ted Kennedy’s old seat and won, but he had a little problem winning re-election because of Elizabeth Warren. Look, all of this maybe true. I just don’t think that Scott Brown is the man that he was 24 months ago. I don’t think that progressives will look at him as a decent alternative to a real progressive. I’m thinking Caroline Kennedy is looking better and better.